According to the Institute for the Study of War, the changing and unclear situation in western Zaporizhzhia
The Institute for the Study of War says a “very changeable situation” has developed in the Ukrainian counteroffensive around Orikhiv in the western Zaporizhzhia region.
The think tank underlines that the situation remains fluid and unclear and that the tactical situation is likely to change rapidly. It is too early to predict whether Ukrainian forces will achieve an operational breakthrough in this sector of the front.
Ukrainian forces are attacking from three directions in the Orikhiv area.
Ukrainian forces are carrying out attacks from Robotyne against Novoprokopivka, they are also attacking directly on the western side of Verbove and north of Verbove.
NASA thermal anomaly data collected between September 22 and 24 show an unusually intense set of thermal anomalies north of Verbove. These anomalies, while not conclusive, are a supportive indicator of fighting north of Verbove and support Russian and Ukrainian reports of Ukrainian activity between Novofedorivka and Verbove.
The Institute for the Study of War says: Russian forces continue to expend significant combat power on counterattacks to maintain their current positions and appear to resist the operationally sensible course of action of retreating to prepared defensive positions further south .
Russia’s sacrifice of its combat power to maintain every meter may be aimed at the Kremlin’s informational and hybrid warfare objectives.
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